32RedSport.com Handicap (Consolation Race For The 32Red Cup) (2.05) – The consolation for the Stewards’ later on but a fiercely competitive renewal in itself with just as many contenders. Secondo has not lived upto his potential so far this season but shaped better than the bare result would suggest at Doncaster last time off a steady pace for a 6 furlong handicap and the results of those in front since suggest that it was not exactly an average event for the grade. If back to the form of his York second – he should have more pace to aim at – then he is capable of going well.
It’s hard to get away from El Viento’s excellent record at this time of year – he is also smack bang in the middle of his last two winning marks with George Chaloner taking three pounds off – and the form of his fifth at Windsor is upto scratch, but also of interest is Daylight, who couldn’t go the pace dropped down to 5 furlongs on Tuesday here but shaped well never the less for Andrew Balding and back to the trip which he had won over twice before earlier this season, and over the extra furlong, he should go well and be on the scene later today. Tatlisu is impossible to get away from but he’s very short for a race of this nature and there are plenty here in with viable chances.
Advice: 1 pt each/way Secondo (11/1 Bet365), 1 pt each/way Daylight (14/1 Bet365)
Jaguar Handicap (Class 2) (3YO only) (2.30) – All eyes are likely to be on Kings Fete, who has been mooted as a group horse masquerading as a handicapper following his extremely impressive win in a York handicap last time despite being notably free both on the way to the post and through the race. As well as arguably being the most notable last time out performance in this field it may also be some of the strongest form, with the highly rated Ebor favourite in second and the fourth Kings Palace having come there a previous winner at the track before while fifth Itlaaq has won since.
A 5lbs rise for that is actually very kind considering and he should be upto going close here, although at just 12/1 for the Leger and 9/4 for today he’s already priced like a winner in what is a fiercely competitive event and there looks to be each/way value to be found at least.
Rainbow Rock is here on a recovery mission but judged on the way he flew home here on Thursday after finding himself well back and then not getting the idea run in the home straight, this trip should be no issue for him at all and the iron is very much hot for Cam Hardie’s mount and retribution is not likely to be far away if in the same form.
Mark Johnston has had another sterling week as usual and he should go well, but he has a candidate that is equally as interesting in Double Bluff, who has refound his better form after disappointing efforts in both May and June at Lingfield and Epsom respectively with solid efforts from the front in a Hamilton Listed event and then an Ascot handicap trying this trip for the first time. He couldn’t live with the extremely progressive Pallasator – now Ebor favourite – that day but was three lengths clear of the rest and lost no shame in being unable to keep up with the giant 5 year old. The former course winner shouldn’t be unduly bothered by a quick reappearance judged on the form of his stablemates this week and he makes appeal to put up another bold front running show.
A chance is also taken on Black Shadow. A clear winner on his seasonal reappearance here to a subsequent dual runner up he was then a good second in a Derby day handicap over 10 furlongs when he chased the leaders and was very keen early but lasted well for second there and should have plenty more to offer still while his dam being an Oaks third also offers plenty of encouragement for this trip. His form from Epsom looks to be as good as any here and if he does improve for more experience and the trip then he can outrun his odds.
Adventure Seeker and Oasis Fantasy both have creditable form claims but neither were as impressive as Second Step last time at Newbury, his second impressive win in two at the track this season, and Luca Cumani’s thrice raced colt is of great interest from the market leaders here. The form of his maiden at the track has worked out in fine style and he looks to have far more too give here.
Advice: 1 pt each/way Double Bluff (10/1 general), 1 pt each/way Black Shadow (18/1 Betway, 16/1 general)
Stewards’ Cup (3.50) – The market leaders Muthmir, Intrinsic and Discussiontofollow are all unexposed horses who are proven in handicaps, surely have more to give, and are very hard to get away from but Rex Imperator may have gone under the radar in his bid to retain his title and appeals as value. In the 5 runs he’s had since winning this last year he’s finished second twice and 11th, 15th and 13th – those two seconds have come in Listed company and those three unplaced efforts have all come in group 1 company. In short, this looks to be the just the third reasonable task he’s been set since last year’s win and he comes here off a mark that’s just 4lbs higher. That leaves him a potentially outstandingly well-handicapped horse with his Windsor Listed second standing upto scrutiny and he can throw in a mighty bid.
Muthmir looked a group horse in a handicap when trashing his rivals with a fine turn of pace at York last week and is sure to take some catching under a penalty which leaves him 2lbs well in although things have the potential to play against him far more than they did at York.
Intrinsic’s latest win may not have had the same style to it but he caught a progressive and solid yardstick in Ashpan Sam over C&D latest and has to be given plenty of respect in his bid for a four timer and he won’t be far away, while Disucssiontofollow – an easy winner over the progressive Absolutely So earlier this season, no less – is entitled to plenty or respect having landed a highly competitive handicap at Ascot earlier this month.
However Alben Star was unlucky not to have beaten him and also won that whole race at the Curragh, and with Joseph O’Brien now changed for George Chaloner, who’s 3lbs claim means he runs off a mark that’s actually 1lb lower than either of his efforts in the Workingham when an excellent fourth the time before that saw him sent off favourite in Ireland; 5th in this race two years ago, he looks to be riding the crest of a wave having won a valuable condtions event earlier in the season and finished fourth in a competitive Newmarket event, and he can go very close today.
Of the bigger prices, Hoodna, a close third in the Bunbury Cup and a very classy sprinter, easily made most appeal although stewards’ sprint winner (last year) Seeking Magic’s excellent downhill form is also of a great help around here and he is respected, along with Sir Maximillian and Ashpan Sam.
Advice: 1 pt each/way Alben Star (11/1 Bet365, Bet Victor, Paddy Power*), 1 pt each/way Rex Imperator (22/1 Bet365, Bet Victor)
NatWest Ahead For Business EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (Class 2) (4.25) – The way Legal Legacy shaped on his debut was hugely encouraging and the form of his Newbury fourth is probably the best here. The winner, Nafaqa, had been a hugely promising fourth in the Chesham on debut, the second (a stablemate that had been the first choice) had ran into the sable’s Vintage Stakes second Tupi on debut, and the third has since won a novice stakes, beating a previous winner into second. Today’s rival Fieldsman was also behind at Newbury.
Secret Brief was truly luckless on debut and can be expected to go well while Dutch Connection caught a tartar on debut (although the form in behind doesn’t look upto the standard of the selection). Rotherwick should be ready to come forward again although others may have an equal amount or more to give.
Advice: 2 pts win Legal Legacy (11/4 general)
Seamus Buckley’s 20th Glorious Handicap (Class 3) (5.35) – If Glorious Goodwood form and records won races than War Spirit and Peterkin would have this between them and while several others look capable of getting involved, Peterkin makes appeal to join the considerable amount of runners form his yard backing up good runs at Ascot 6 days ago. Having chased a hard pace he lost second only with the last stride in what was a competitive event, and off the same mark, if he backs up that run, he should take some catching here today.
The Redcar formline of Money Team and Online Alexander has been franked by Meadway’s win next time out – he was four lengths behind the pair and well beaten – and of the two it’s the runner up that day, Online Alexander, now comes here 3lbs better off and makes just a touch more appeal here to end the meeting on a positive note.
Advice: 1 pt win Peterkin (4/1 general), 1 pt each/way Online Alexander (8/1 Sportingbet, Paddy Power)